About Black History Month

Black History Month (BHM) Afrikan History Month (AHM)   is held every October in Britain, and February in USA and Canada.

The aims are to:

  • Promote knowledge of the  Black History , Cultural and Heritage
  • Disseminate information on positive Black contributions to British Society
  • Heighten the confidence and awareness of Black people to  their cultural heritage.

The origins of BHM go back to 1926 when Carter G Woodson, editor for thirty years of the Journal of Negro History, established African Caribbean celebrations in America. It is still celebrated there in February each year. In Britain, the BHM has now grown to over  6,000 events. (updated October 2007 its 20th anniversary)

This site will celebrate BHM all year round. We will regularly update it and use it to educate, inform, and build confidence. Let's celebrate and share our African and Caribbean history.

People from our community have been promoting our arts and culture for many years. Examples can be traced to Berry Edwards in Manchester (Caribbean Week in the 70s), or Eric and Jessica Huntley from Ealing who regularly organised a Caribbean week in the late 70s and early 80's, or Alex Pascall who established, on BBC Radio London, the Black Londoners radio programme which went from a monthly, to a weekly, and then to a daily programme.

This site seeks to support the grassroots celebration of our heritage.

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